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Superintendent's Message

3/17/2020 -
Plan Ahead:
Graduation for White Swan High School is anticipated to be June 12, 2020.
Last Day of School for all students is anticipated to be June 19, 2020.
Instructional Support for Students:
Mt. Adams is concerned about establishing and maintaining equitable systems of education for all students. Since district services would be too difficult to apply equitably among all students, which is a state mandate as well as the right thing to do, the District has decided to treat this time similar to summer break in terms of instruction. Full instructional services will resume as soon as schools are allowed to be in session. In the interim, teachers are participating in professional development, and students are encouraged to engage in their own learning supported by parents, older siblings, and other relatives. Below are a set of resources that parents and students might find helpful.
3/16/2020 -
The Mt. Adams School District will be providing meals for students beginning Thursday, March 19. 
A sack meal containing lunch and breakfast will be delivered to each student in the household during the hours of 11 - 1:00 p.m. A marked district vehicle will deliver the meals. Students must be present to receive the meal. Pickup locations will be at the White Swan or Harrah Elementary kitchens during the hours of 11 - 1:00 p.m. for students who walk. 
Meals will be provided Monday - Friday, with the exception of spring break, April 6-10, until further notice. 
If you need lunch/breakfast on Wednesday, March 18, meals will be available for pick up at each school location during the hours of 11-1:00 p.m.
3/15/2020 - Effective Monday, March 16th, all classes are canceled for students until further notice.  Essential personnel are to report to work, which include custodial, grounds, maintenance, clerical and admin office staff.  More information will be announced after 3:00 pm on 3/16.  
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through this challenging time.




Know the Facts about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The Mt. Adams School District (MASD) is very concerned about your child’s health and the health of our staff.  Educational Services District 105 Superintendent Kevin Chase is coordinating an effort with the Yakima County Health Department and school leaders to help local School Districts be prepared.  He assures us that there is much action happening behind the scenes, and all schools in the area will be prepared very soon.  

In the meantime, I have sent a message to MASD staff to follow these precautions:

Sick employees are to stay home and encourage sick students to say home as well:

- Employees/students who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).   Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.  Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).

Employees are to emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene and encourage students to do so as well:

- MASD has placed posters that encourage employees and students to stay home when sick, follow cough and sneeze etiquette, and use hand hygiene continually through the day.  
- MASD has purchased and filled 200 hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the District for students and staff to use.  
- MASD has provided disposable tissues for use by employees and students as a precaution during this virus season.
- Employees and students are to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
- Employees and students are advised to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If COVID-19 is detected in MASD the following steps will be taken: 

If an employee or student is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, MASD will inform all employees and all students of their possible exposure to COVID-19, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   
Employees and students exposed to a co-worker or classmate with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure by following this link:
Please remember that this is not a time to panic but it is a time to be prepared.  If you are sick please stay home as described above.  

In addition to the above information, below you will find information that was taken from the OSPI School Nurse Corps.   For a full listing of resources and school district recommendations please refer to the following ESD 105 Website:

- The current level of risk in our region remains low.
- Help reduce stigma and discrimination: race, ethnicity or nationality is not connected with COVID-19.
- 98% of confirmed cases to date are adults. 
- For specific medical advice or questions please consult with your health care provider.
- We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds and will take our lead from state and national health authorities.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

To minimize our personal and collective risk of exposure, the steps below are recommended by the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to help prevent contamination and spread of COVID-19.  They are the same steps you would take to prevent the spread of the flu and/or a common cold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water especially after eating and after coming into contact with others.  Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others;
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces.

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